Name Variations Edit
About Sapote Edit
Sapote (from Nahuatl tzapotl) is a term for a soft, edible fruit. The word is incorporated into the common names of several unrelated fruit-bearing plants native to Mexico, Central America, Indian and northern parts of South America.
Some but not all sapotes come from the family Sapotaceae:
- Sapotaceae sapotes:
- Sapodilla (Manilkara zapota), native to Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Belize, and possibly El Salvador. The Sapotaceae were named after this species.
- Yellow sapote (Pouteria campechiana), native to Mexico and Central America.
- Mamey sapote (Pouteria sapota), native from southern Mexico to northern South America.
- Green sapote (Pouteria viridis), native to lowland southern Mexico.
- Ebenaceae sapotes:
- Black sapote (Diospyros digyna), native from eastern Mexico south to Colombia. Probably the original Aztec tzapotl.
- Chapote (Diospyros texana), native to the lower Rio Grande region in Texas and Mexico
- Other sapotes
- White sapote (Casimiroa edulis: Rutaceae), native to northern and central Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Guatemala.
- South American sapote (Quararibea cordata: Malvaceae), native to the Amazon Rainforests of Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.